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Llewellyn Powers

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Llewellyn Powers October 14, 1836 – July 28, 1908 was a US Representative from Maine and the 44th Governor of Maine

Born in Pittsfield, Maine, Powers attended the common schools of Pittsfield and St Albans Academy He graduated from the Colburn Classical Institute He attended Colby University, Waterville, Maine, and graduated from the law department of Union University, Albany, New York, in 1860 He was admitted to the bar in Albany, New York, and Somerset, Maine, in 1860 and commenced practice in Houlton, Maine, in January 1861

He served as prosecuting attorney for Aroostook County from 1864 to 1871 He also served as collector of customs for the district of Aroostook from 1868 to 1872 He served as a member of the Maine House of Representatives, 1873–1876, 1883, 1892, and 1895; during the last term, he served as speaker While in the Maine House, his bill abolishing capital punishment was considered by the House in 1876 and passed by a vote of 75 to 68, making Maine the third state to abolish the death penalty1

Powers was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879 He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress He served as Governor of Maine from 1897 to 1901

Powers was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles A Boutelle He was reelected to the Fifty-eighth, Fifty-ninth, and Sixtieth Congresses and served from April 8, 1901, until his death in Houlton, Maine, July 28, 1908

In December 1886, Powers married Martha Averill with whom he had five children2 He is buried in West Pittsfield Cemetery, near Pittsfield, Maine

See alsoedit

  • List of United States Congress members who died in office 1900–49

Referencesedit

  1. ^ http://wwwalbanylawedu/about/history/Pages/Maine-Governor-aspx
  2. ^ "History of Pittsfield: Llewellyn Powers" Pittsfield Historical Society Retrieved 2014-11-13 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress document "POWERS, Llewellyn"

External linksedit

  • Llewellyn Powers at Find a Grave
  • Llewellyn Powers, late a representative from Maine, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1909
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harris M Plaisted
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Succeeded by
George Washington Ladd
Preceded by
Charles A Boutelle
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th congressional district

April 8, 1901 – July 28, 1908
Succeeded by
Frank E Guernsey
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry B Cleaves
Governor of Maine
1897–1901
Succeeded by
John Fremont Hill
Preceded by
Albert R Savage
Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives
1895–1896
Succeeded by
Seth L Larrabee

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